Wil Darcangelo
Wil Darcangelo (file photo)

It's time to plant a Salsa Garden!

LEOMINSTER "It's Time for Planting: A Children's Salsa Garden" will be held Wednesday, May 29, starting at 3 p.m., at Leominster Public Library, 30 West St.

Library staff will plant the garden on the library grounds, and families will be invited to stop by the library and watch the garden grow throughout the summer. At the end of the summer, participants will harvest what they planted and have a Make Your Own Salsa Party.

During the program, children will also have an opportunity to learn about the library's "seed library" from Director Sondra Murphy, and will have an opportunity to plant pea seeds in a seed-starter container to bring home to plant in their own garden.

This event is for children ages 4 and older. For more information or to register, call 978-534-7522.

Windows of Abraham Exhibit in Fitchburg

FITCHBURG Fitchburg Public Library presents "Windows of Abraham Exhibit, Reception and Discussion Panel" Wednesday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Garden Room, 610 Main St.

The library will have on display a stained-glass series by Wil Darcangelo, M.Div. The reception and panel discussion will address the concerns people have about the religious and cultural "other," as well as the ideas we all have in common.

"Now, more than ever, we are compelled to seek friendship among those with whom we so often fear. This glass series depicts the Golden Rule as spoken by each of the three faiths of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and Islam," says Darcangelo, moderator of the event.


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Panelists will include Rabbi Yehoshua Zehavi of Congregation Agudat Achim; the Rev. Karen Nell Smith of Congregational Church of Christ, UCC; and Ijaz Ahmed, president of Masjid Baitul Zikr Mosque, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

Darcangelo is the minister at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Fitchburg. Also a columnist and blogger, he writes a weekly column, "Hopeful Thinking," on spiritual optimism in the information age. He is active in community with organizing, event production and youth mentorship, specifically regarding individual and community empowerment through participation in the cultural economy.

This is a free program. For more information about this or other library programs, call 978-829-1780 or visit www.FitchburgPublicLibrary.org.

Open mike May 29 at Stevens Library

ashburnham Hear some great local musicians and poets perform at the Stevens Memorial Library, 20 Memorial Drive, on Wednesday evening, May 29.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating and refreshments provided by the North County Land Trust, Inc.

Open mike begins at 7 p.m., followed by featured performers "The Promise Is Hope." Admission is free!

Ashley and Eric L'Esperance first felt their musical and personal chemistry at a song swap in 2013.

In 2014, they got married, released their debut album, and began establishing themselves as one of New England's finest emerging acts.

With tightly woven harmonies, two guitars, and intimate songwriting, they present a beautifully moving, inspired, and connected live performance.

They were nominated 2018 "Roots Act of the Year" by New England Music Awards following the debut of their sophomore album, "Every Seed Must Die," a set of "soul-cleansing songs of reverence simmered in collective courage," according to John Apice of No Depression, The Journal of Roots Music.

North County Land Trust has been conserving the farms, forests, and landscapes that define North Central Massachusetts since 1992.

To sign up for an open mike slot, call the library at 978-827-4115 beginning May 15.